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Ohio court reverses traffic-stop drug conviction

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — An appeals court has overturned the drug possession conviction of a northwestern Ohio man who argued a traffic stop violated his state constitutional rights against illegal search and seizure.

Ohio's 6th District Court of Appeals ruled last week that the stop violated state law. The court wrote that a township police officer was outside her jurisdiction in stopping Terrance Brown for a marked lane violation on Interstate 280 in Wood County in 2011. The court says the State Highway Patrol and county sheriffs or their deputies have that jurisdiction.

The court says the drugs seized in the stop should have been excluded from evidence.

Brown was convicted for having oxycodone. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to three years.

The county prosecutor didn't return a call seeking comment Monday.

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